Tornatore tried to channel Hitchcock's "Marnie" in "La Sconosciuta", here he does the same with "Vertigo" in mind (Laura and The Portrait of Jennie are other tales of doomed love that he seems to address), pulling off an elaborate, old fashioned and romantic thriller althought considerably less emotionally resonant than his previous works.
It's lovely, old fashioned art-heist storytelling here. Rush is great and the story is engaging enough but the film is hampered by obvious motif and writing that's both on the nose and subordinate to the plot. These are good actors, let them use their own words. The whizz kid is also poorly cast with his unconvincing acting and boisterous handling of valuable art objects. Still worth a watch. 3 stars
I was gripped from the beginning but somewhere during the middle part I could already see how it would end. Though I’m disappointed, the movie is still worth a watch and it must be noted that Rush was great. Three stars from me.
sradicatelo dalla sua amata sicilia e avrete un ottimo regista, fatelo annegare nella malinconia delle cose passate e avrete un regista noioso, tappato nei ricordi e autore di improbabili voli pindarici. La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano, La sconosciuta e questo: un grande Tornatore, con lontane eco viscontiane.
It's a fine film that has an ending that doesn't even fit with the rest of the film. The production design is great, the cinematography is good, and the cast does a very fine job especially Geoffrey Rush. It's just that the ending leaves a poor taste in your mouth. Regardless i still need to check out the rest of Tornatore's filmography, i just feel disappointed that i started with this one.